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The Enron-Bush Connection
by Uri Dowbenko
Enron's Ken Lay and the Bush Boys
Enron Founder and Chairman Kenneth Lay also worked
in the Pentagon for the Nixon administration during
the Vietnam War.
Lay is a close friend of George Bush, Sr. In fact,
his Houston home in River Oaks is near the Tanglewood
residence of the former President and CIA Director.
Although there have been no published reports of
Bush Sr. doing favors for Lay, three of the Bush Boys
have used their father's name to get contracts for
According to an article by Seymour Hersh in the New
Yorker, Neil and Marvin Bush tried to influence
government officials for an Enron bid to rebuild
Shuaiba North power plant in Kuwait.
Ironically this power plant was destroyed in George
Bush's Persian Gulf War. Enron abandoned the bid a
In 1988, then Texas governor George Bush Jr.,
reportedly telephoned Rodolfo Terragno, Argentina's
Public Works Minister, to ask him to award Enron a
contract to build a pipeline from Chile to Argentina.
"He assumed that the fact he was the son of the
president would exert influence. I felt pressured. It
was not proper for him to make that kind of call,"
Terragno told The Nation.
Finally, when Carlos Menem, another Bush Sr. crony,
became president of Argentina, Enron won the bid.
Neil Bush, director of the failed Denver-based
Silverado Savings and Loan, created a subsidiary of
his oil company to conduct business in Argentina in
Argentina finally got so fed up with the Bush Boys,
they formally had a parliamentary investigation
regarding their so-called "business dealings.
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